April 10th, 2022

    According to a recent article in The Hearing Review, acoustics researchers at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland have come up with an improved method for measuring room acoustics. The new method, called the Rule of Two (no relation to Star Wars), takes multiple measurements using a short-duration sine wave frequency sweep (rather than a longer sweep, which could add uncertainty to the measurements). When two test runs pass the “cleanliness” criterion and correlate strongly, the results are considered valid. The article notes that the new approach will make it easier and faster to design for spaces where speech, announcements, or music have to be clearly audible; for example, concert halls, movie theaters and train stations.

    In this issue: Ken Kessler continues his reel-to-reel odyssey, and some of it is messy. Anne E. Johnson sings the praises of Handel’s Semele, and country music superstar Marty Stuart. Alón Sagee thinks audiophile societies are a good idea. J.I. Agnew keeps his tales of record-cutting lathes spinning. Tom Gibbs finds that the Beatles have generational appeal. I cover the two newest releases from Octave Records: the swing music of Jeremy Mohney’s Dreams of You, and the vinyl LP release of Audiophile Masters, Volume I. B. Jan Montana’s epic journey continues. Ray Chelstowski gets really enthusiastic about rock band The Handcuffs. Ken Sander talks about the eye-opening early days of public-access TV.

    Rudy Radelic begins a series on A&M Records, one of the biggest independent-label success stories of all time. Tom Methans has one last encounter with Frank Sinatra. Andrew Daly talks with Maiah Wynne and Andy Curran of Envy of None, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson’s new band. Reader Craig Burgess has some thoughts about musical realism and hearing loss. John Seetoo reviews books by legendary recording engineers Al Schmitt and Bill Schnee. Russ Welton discovers an extremely useful speaker setup resource. We conclude the issue with some second thoughts, bird song, tube experts, and a license to boast.

    Staff Writers:

    J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

    Cover:
    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    Cartoons:
    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

    Parting Shots:
    James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Editor:
    Frank Doris

    Publisher:
    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

    Octave Records Debuts Dreams of You: Classic Swing by Jeremy Mohney

    Octave Records has released Dreams of You by vocalist and…

    Chairman At The Board: Bill Schnee On The Making of Some Iconic Records

    The 1970s was a landmark era for both technological and…

    Octave Records Releases Audiophile Masters, Volume I On Vinyl LP

    PS Audio’s Octave Records has released a limited-edition vinyl LP…

    Al Schmitt On the Record: The Magic Behind the Music

    When the legendary Al Schmitt passed away on April 26,…

    The A&M Records Story, Part One

    The year was 1962. A singer/trumpet player in Los Angeles,…

    Public-Access TV: A Perfect Soapbox

    I was not thinking about much; mostly I was just…

    The Handcuffs: This Band Just Might Save Rock And Roll

    The lead single off of The Kinks’ 1978 album Misfits…

    Audio Advice’s Home Theater Designer Speaker Setup Software

    Every so often I find it’s generally good practice to…

    Back to My Reel-to Reel-Roots, Part 12: The Sins of the Fathers

    Following on from last month’s litany of offenses attributed to…

    Marty Stuart: His Superlative Country Music Career

    For most country musicians, long stints touring first with Lester…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 18

      The roads in the Black Hills are scenic and…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part Ten

    Previous installments covered the earlier history of Neumann and Scully…

    Semele: It’s Not Just an Opera by Handel

    In ancient Greek mythology, Semele is a mortal woman favored…

    The Audiophile’s Opinion, Or, Why You Should Join (Or Start) an Audiophile Club

    Many years back, along with about a dozen fellow audio…

    Three Days with Frank Sinatra, Part Three: The Cole Porter Suite

    I’m sure it was pizza and ice cream that soothed…

    Tweeter Evaluation

    All You Need Is Love…and Maybe a Shiny Suitcase Full of Money!

    Recently I picked up my four-year-old grandson Henry after preschool,…

    Musical Realism and the Performance of Our (Aging) Ears

    As a male of 67 years (as of this writing),…

    Envy of None: Alex Lifeson of Rush Joins a New Band

    Fans longing for new music from legendary Canadian progressive rocker…

    Trust the Experts

    “The sound that inspired a generation”: an original pair of…

    Second Thoughts

    We C What You Did There

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